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Indiana’s violent crime rate is on the rise for the third year in a row. In the past year, almost 7,000 robberies were reported to local police, placing Indiana at 15th nationally for robbery arrests. Robbery is a felony that is vigorously pursued by Indiana police and prosecutors. Due to the nature of the crime and its effect on the complainant, it is often harshly punished by judges and juries. However, if you either made a mistake or were wrongly accused, a skilled Indianapolis robbery defense attorney can help you defend against robbery charges and protect your constitutional rights.
Often times, many individuals who are arrested for robbery are unaware of what their rights are. The Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution require police and prosecutors to follow certain procedures when conducting investigations, arrests, and criminal prosecutions. Eskew Law can determine whether your constitutional rights were respected and fight any allegations levied against you. Before hiring an attorney who won’t return your calls or pushes you into an unfavorable plea deal, call an Indianapolis criminal defense lawyer at Eskew Law today at (317) 974-0177 to discuss your options and how we can help you with your robbery case.
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In Section 35-42-5-1 of the Indiana Code, robbery is defined as the act of intentionally or knowingly taking someone else’s property either (1) directly from someone or while in someone’s presence and either (2) using force against that person or putting that person in fear. Many individuals confuse robbery with theft because both criminal offenses involve taking property that isn’t yours. When you knowingly or intentionally take someone else’s property, you intend to deprive that person of their property, and you do not have that person’s consent or permission to take that property. However, robbery adds an additional element not present with simple theft: the use of force or intimidation.
With force, actual injury or harm is not necessary to sustain a robbery charge. Any level of force, even minor, applies. In addition, merely threatening force can also form the basis for a robbery arrest if the complainant reasonably believes you have the ability and intent to carry out the threat. In any event, it is best you consult a knowledgeable Indianapolis robbery defense lawyer so that you better understand your rights and the legal the options available to you.
Penalties for Robbery
Robbery is a Level 5 felony, which is punishable by one to six years in state prison, with a sentence of three years advised, as well as up to $10,000 in fines.
Robbery becomes a Level 3 felony when the suspect is armed with a deadly weapon such as a handgun or a complainant suffers bodily injury during the commission of the robbery, even if not serious physical harm. A Level 3 felony is punishable by three to sixteen years in state prison, with a sentence of nine years advised, as well as up to $10,000 in fines.
Robbery becomes a Level 2 felony when the complainant suffers serious bodily injury and is punishable by 10 to 30 years in state prison, with a sentence of 17.5 years advised, as well as up to $10,000 in fines.
Judges do not have to follow advised sentences. The right Indianapolis robbery defense attorney can help you fully defend against the charges or argue for a reduced sentence.
Call to Schedule a Consultation with a Robbery Defense Lawyer in Indianapolis, IN
Were you arrested for robbery in Central Indiana? Eskew Law houses a team of passionate and experienced Indianapolis criminal defense attorneys who are ready to assist you with defending against the charges. We take this privilege and responsibility seriously for all of our clients throughout Indianapolis and Central Indiana. To schedule your consultation, call Eskew Law now at (317) 974-0177.
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